ABIDJAN – A fury over the migrant slave markets in Libya casts a shadow over an AU-EU summit this week that aims to promote Africa's long-term economic growth and stability, spurred by European fears of terrorism and mbad migration.
The two-day summit of the African Union and European Union that will open on Wednesday in the economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire focuses mainly on the need to create jobs for the growing population of Africa.
The summit marks what Europe considers a potential turning point for broader and deeper ties with a continent it once colonized widely, while China, Japan, India and the Arab Gulf states are also competing for influence.
However, the indignation over the slave trade in Libya, with the scandal that provoked protests in Dakar, as well as in Brussels and other European capitals.
AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat called for "urgent action" to stop black African abuses We face an emergency, Faki told reporters in Brussels last week during preparations for the summit with foreign policy of the European Union in Libya, which critics say has been boosted by cooperation between the EU and Libya to stop the crossings of migrants to Europe.
chief Federica Mogherini.
Faki called for coordination with Libya, the African Union, the EU and the United Nations to address the problem.
Mogherini said the 55 AU summit and 28 EU leaders could take "joint actions" on migrants, even if it emphasizes that their goal is to build a broader society.
Recognizing how the revelations of slavery were "unbearable for both sides," Mogherini said that Europeans and Africans will pressure the UN-backed government in Libya to prosecute the slave traders. 19659002] They will also press Libya for UN humanitarian agencies to have greater access to immigration detention centers, where she said that her work in the last year has improved conditions and led to the voluntary return of some 10,000 immigrants to their countries originally.
But human rights activists have asked why African and European leaders took so long to condemn the abuses that were known long before CNN broadcasted images of slave markets near Tripoli two weeks ago.
Libya became a mbad transit hub for sub-Saharan Africans who sailed to Europe after the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi in 2011 that plunged the country into chaos.
The EU has been desperate to curb the influx of migrants through Libya and Turkey. routes, since more than 1.5 million immigrants have arrived in Europe since 2015.
EU officials said the influx, which sparked political divisions across the EU, and the frequent Islamist attacks in Europe have been a call for Attention to address the causes.
The EU has already set up billions of euros in funds to promote the economic development of Africa, while deepening anti-terrorist cooperation with African countries where militant Islamist groups are spreading.
What happens in Africa is important for Europe, and what happens in Europe is important for Africa, "said the president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, before leaving for the summit.
" Our partnership is an investment in our shared future. "A statement.
Ahmed Reda Chami, the Moroccan ambbadador to the EU who will attend the summit, said that Europe has a long-term interest in Africa, whose population will double by 2050 to around 2.4 billion people.
"If there is no economic development, you will have hundreds of millions of young people who have no future, who (will try) to go to Europe to look for work," Chami told AFP on his mission in Brussels
Like other African leaders, Chami called for a "Marshall Plan" for Africa, but linked to anti-corruption measures and adapted to African needs.
The multi-million dollar Marshall plan launched by the Two United States after World War II is widely credited for helping Europe achieve its current prosperity and stability.
Developments in Zimbabwe will be a key part of such discussions.
A senior EU official said that "there is a real chance for Africa to capture it" and implement political and economic reforms in Zimbabwe after the forced resignation of dictator Robert Mugabe.
EU officials argued that the EU, China, Japan and India can help Africa but Europeans were more committed because they shared a common destiny by proximity.
But a UA official wondered if the Europeans were aiming to see an opportunity or rather contain a threat. "We do not feel an African vision," the official said on condition of anonymity.